+ Friday August 23rd, 2019

It’s December and of course that means that Google has released a new security update for Android, and for Pixel 3 owners there’s the bonus of having some niggling problems finally fixed.

Google is rolling out the December Security fix for Android, with both factory image and OTA files ready to be downloaded from their respective Google Devices software pages. Though it’s only the 4th of December, there are patches for both the 1st and 5th of December, with supported Pixel/Nexus devices destined to receive the

The fixes in the 1st December Android Security update include the usual fixes for Framework, System and Kernel, while the 5th December update includes fixes for HTC and Qualcomm components as well as for Kernel and System. Google has listed several specific fixes for the Pixel, Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 in their 5th December release including for improved memory management and camera capture performance – hopefully addressing two fairly major bug bears of the Pixel 3.

The full list of Pixel improvements:

A-117522738PerformanceImproved memory performance in certain circumstancesPixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-110969183CameraImproved camera capture performancePixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-111008450Pixel StandImproved notification visibility when using Pixel StandPixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-112376366Android AutoImproved Android Auto compatibilityPixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-115666282CameraAdjusted autofocus behaviorPixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-115624433Pixel StandImproved hotword performance when using Pixel StandPixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-116758282DisplayImproved Always On Display triggeringPixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-111964925AudioImproved USB-C Audio accessory detectionPixel 3 XL
A-111716107BluetoothAdjusted volume behavior when toggling BluetoothPixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-111159723Android AutoImproved audio performance for when using Android Auto in certain vehiclesPixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-112228430MediaImproved contouring on HDR color on certain media appsPixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-113151604CameraImproved camera shutter performancePixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-111277984PerformanceImprove unlocking performance when using BluetoothPixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL

The Factory Images for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 based on Android 9 are ready for download, as are the Android 8.1 based images for the Pixel C, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P – surprising Nexus 5X and 6P owners who should have received their last security update last month. What isn’t available for the second month in a row are the Pixel and Pixel XL images, but hopefully they’ll be released faster than last month.

  • Pixel 3/Pixel 3 XL – 9.0.0 (PQ1A.181205.006, Dec 2018)
  • Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL – 9.0.0 (PQ1A.181205.002, Dec 2018)
  • Pixel /Pixel XL – N/A
  • Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P – 8.1.0 (OPM8.181205.001, Dec 2018)

OTA files should be rolling out now, so try hitting the ‘Check for Update’ button in the Settings menu to see if it’s available for you.

Source: Android Security Bulletin.
Via: Pixel/Nexus Security Bulletin.

Daniel Tyson  


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